[kubuntu] current state of syncing iphone w/ podcasts and music?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I haven't tried to do this since Ubuntu 10.10. I never found a good alternative to browsing the iTunes store and downloading podcasts to sync my itunes w/ and then to sync my iphone w/. Do most people these days just use Rhythmbox/Banshee/gtkpod or whatever? I for whatever could never get it to work :( I might try using Virtualbox to boot up Windows 7 instead of having to boot into Windows 7 everytime I want to do something for my phone. Or maybe downloading individual podcast feeds onto a music player? again i couldn't get this to work last time. (Hardware)